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Achilles and the tortoise : Mark Twain's fictions

Author: Clark Griffith
Publisher: Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, ©1998.
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& Nbsp;Covering the entire body of Mark Twain's fiction, Clark Griffith in Achilles and the Tortoise answers two questions: How did Mark Twain write? And why is he funny? Griffith defines and demonstrates Mark Twain's poetics and, in doing so, reveals Twain's ability to create and sustain human laughter. Through a close reading of the fictions-short and long, early and late-Griffith contends that Mark Twain's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Griffith, Clark, 1924-
Achilles and the tortoise.
Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, ©1998
(DLC) 97033330
(OCoLC)37451828
Named Person: Mark Twain; Mark Twain; Mark Twain
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Clark Griffith
ISBN: 9780817385248 081738524X
OCLC Number: 297741224
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (x, 284 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Acknowledgments; Introduction: The Essays: Form and Content; Part I: Three Polemical Essays; Mark Twain and the "Infernal Twoness": An Essay on the Comic; Mark Twain and the Sick Joke: An Essay on Laughter; Sam Clemens and G.S. Weaver; Hank Morgan and Mark Twain: An Essay on Books and Reality; Part II: The River Trilogy; Tom Sawyer: An Essay on Romantic Folly; Huckleberry Finn: An Essay on the Dilemmas of Realism; Pudd'nhead Wilson: An Essay on Triumphant Reality; Part III: A Last, Speculative Essay; Mark Twain and Melville: An Essay on the Metaphysics of Twinship.
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